Monday, October 05, 2015

Pick-up Sticks blocks

Our first Sew-In was on Saturday and we spent the day working on the Pick-Up Sticks blocks for the QuiltCon Charity Challenge. A big thank you to Jessica for putting together a great demonstration on constructing and modifying the block! These blocks are fun and extremely quick to put together... a great choice for this "Improv with Intent" challenge. 

For those who could not make it to the Sew-In to pick up their fabric, we will have some available at the upcoming meeting on Tuesday October 13th. Everyone who signed up to be part of the challenge should plan on making at least two blocks, though if we have extra and you'd like to do more, you are welcome to do so! Also, please keep your scraps and turn them in with the finished blocks as we will make use of them in the final construction of the quilt as well. 

We have pre-cut squares and rectangles for the background of the block, as well as 1", 1 1/2" and 2" pre-cut "sticks" for you to choose from, so really all you have to do is decide which colors you like and where to put them! The finished blocks should be one of three sizes: 
  • 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square
  • 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square
  • 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle

You can use as many or as few "sticks" as you like in any color(s) and alignment(s) that may tickle your fancy... it can be colorful or monochrome, it can be chaotic or orderly, it's improv and it's up to you. :) If you need some help getting started, you can refer to the Pick Up Sticks Tutorial over at Happy Sew Lucky, the Pick Up Sticks board put together by Jessica on Pinterest, or feel free to ask for some help at the meeting and we will be happy to talk you through it!

Here are a few example of ones that were finished on Saturday: 

The finished blocks will need to be turned in at the November meeting so that we have time to piece it, quilt it and finish it by the deadline, so make sure you remember to bring them with you!

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